2000 vs. 2021 Population Growth and Change
Minnesota Population Growth by County
2000 vs. 2021, Net Percent Change
Minnesota Population Growth by County
Scott County 2000 vs. 2021
Net Percent Change = 68.37%
Rank = #1
Kittson County 2000 vs. 2021
Net Percent Change = -21.18%
Rank = #87
Kanabec County 2000 vs. 2021
Net Percent Change = 7.43%
Rank = #32
With a spotlight on Kanabec County, the chart above displays the distribution of the net percent change of population across Minnesota's 87 counties over the period 2000-2021.
Those counties whose population growth registered above the statewide average over this period realized an increase in their statewide share of population. Likewise, those counties whose population growth registered below the statewide average experienced a decline in their relative share of population statewide.
Statewide Snippets:
  • Over 2000-2021 population grew in forty-nine Minnesota counties while declining in thirty-eight.
  • Population growth in twenty-two counties outpaced the statewide average (15.68%), while growth in sixty-five counties trailed.
  • At the extremes of the distribution, Scott County posted the highest growth of population (68.37%), while Kittson County placed last by logging a -21.18% decline.
  • The spread in population growth between the highest (Scott County, 68.37%) and lowest (Kittson County, -21.18%) over 2000-2021 equated to 89.55% ( = 68.37%-21.18%).
  • Population growth statewide is but a weighted metric that stems from each county's share of population statewide. On this point, as the largest county in Minnesota, Hennepin County's net population growth over 2000-2021 of 149,641 made up 19.34% of the total net growth statewide (773,698):

Hennepin County: Percent Share of Minnesota's
Population Growth, 2000-2021:

19.34% = (149,641 / 773,698) x 100
Kanabec County Snippets:
  • Over 2000-2021, Kanabec County posted a 7.43% net gain in population.
  • Kanabec County was joined by sixty-four other counties whose population growth over 2000-2021 registered below the statewide average (15.68%).
  • Ranked #32 among Minnesota's 87 counties, Kanabec County's population growth (7.43%) trailed the statewide average of 15.68% by a 8.25% margin.
  • Kanabec County's net population growth (7.43%, #32) over 2000-2021 registered just above that of Morrison County (6.83%, #33) and just below that of Cook County (8.48%, #31).
  • Kanabec County's share of population statewide slipped from 0.30% in 2000 to 0.28% in 2021, resulting in a share-shift of -0.02%.

Data Definition

Number of individuals (both civilian and military) who reside in an area as of July 1. BEA uses the Census Bureau's midyear population estimates.

United States. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Income Division.
Regional Definitions. 2023. Web.
https://apps.bea.gov/regional/definitions/

Population Growth by County
2000 vs. 2021, Net Percent Change
Population Growth by County
View Distribution Totals as: Actual Percent
     
 
County Distribution of Population Growth, 2000 vs. 2021
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40%
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30%
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20%
20%
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10%
10%
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-10%
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-20%
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Below
Total
2000 vs. 2021
4
4
6
15
20
22
14
2
87
 
     
Population by County, 2021
Population by County, 2021
Hennepin County 2021
Population = 1,267,416
Percent of State = 22.21%
Rank = #1
Traverse County 2021
Population = 3,286
Percent of State = 0.06%
Rank = #87
Kanabec County 2021
Population = 16,159
Percent of State = 0.28%
Rank = #52
Again highlighting Kanabec County's position, the bar graph above displays the disposition by county of 2021 population statewide (5,707,390).

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Statewide Snippets:
  • Ranked #1, Hennepin County's 2021 population totaled 1,267,416, equating to 22.21% of the statewide total.
  • Ranked last (#87), Traverse County's population of 3,286 in 2021 comprised just 0.06% of the total statewide. Traverse County's population in 2021 equates to less than .01% to that of Hennepin County's.
  • Hennepin County's 2021 population (1,267,416) exceeded the combined population (1,257,148) of Minnesota's sixty-six smallest counties.
Kanabec County Snippets:
  • Kanabec County's population in 2021 ranked #52, amounting to 0.28% of the statewide total.
  • Kanabec County's population of 16,159 placed below that of Houston County's (18,778, #51), and just above that of Aitkin County's (15,887, #53).
  • Kanabec County's population of 16,159 exceeds the combined total (15,188) of Minnesota's four smallest counties.
Population by County, 2021
Population by County, 2021
View Distribution Totals as: Actual Percent
     
 
County Distribution of Population, 2021
More
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500,000
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400,000
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2021
2
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Minnesota by County:
2000 vs. 2021
 
2000
 
2021
 
2000 - 2021
 
 
 
 
15,282
0.31
 
15,887
0.28
 
3.96
605
0.08
 
299,780
6.08
 
367,018
6.43
 
22.43
67,238
8.69
 
30,188
0.61
 
35,219
0.62
 
16.67
5,031
0.65
 
39,789
0.81
 
46,380
0.81
 
16.56
6,591
0.85
 
34,470
0.70
 
41,459
0.73
 
20.28
6,989
0.90
 
5,777
0.12
 
5,145
0.09
 
-10.94
-632
-0.08
 
55,988
1.13
 
69,280
1.21
 
23.74
13,292
1.72
 
26,877
0.54
 
25,819
0.45
 
-3.94
-1,058
-0.14
 
31,784
0.64
 
36,409
0.64
 
14.55
4,625
0.60
 
70,843
1.44
 
108,626
1.90
 
53.33
37,783
4.88
 
27,292
0.55
 
30,639
0.54
 
12.26
3,347
0.43
 
12,913
0.26
 
12,357
0.22
 
-4.31
-556
-0.07
 
41,611
0.84
 
57,469
1.01
 
38.11
15,858
2.05
 
51,308
1.04
 
65,574
1.15
 
27.80
14,266
1.84
 
8,389
0.17
 
8,576
0.15
 
2.23
187
0.02
 
5,178
0.10
 
5,617
0.10
 
8.48
439
0.06
 
12,167
0.25
 
11,569
0.20
 
-4.91
-598
-0.08
 
55,184
1.12
 
67,270
1.18
 
21.90
12,086
1.56
 
357,848
7.25
 
442,038
7.75
 
23.53
84,190
10.88
 
17,857
0.36
 
20,935
0.37
 
17.24
3,078
0.40
 
32,882
0.67
 
39,238
0.69
 
19.33
6,356
0.82
 
16,143
0.33
 
13,909
0.24
 
-13.84
-2,234
-0.29
 
21,142
0.43
 
21,271
0.37
 
0.61
129
0.02
 
32,555
0.66
 
30,749
0.54
 
-5.55
-1,806
-0.23
 
44,154
0.89
 
47,968
0.84
 
8.64
3,814
0.49
 
6,265
0.13
 
6,153
0.11
 
-1.79
-112
-0.01
 
1,117,775
22.66
 
1,267,416
22.21
 
13.39
149,641
19.34
 
19,730
0.40
 
18,778
0.33
 
-4.83
-952
-0.12
 
18,401
0.37
 
21,715
0.38
 
18.01
3,314
0.43
 
31,459
0.64
 
41,906
0.73
 
33.21
10,447
1.35
 
43,927
0.89
 
45,070
0.79
 
2.60
1,143
0.15
 
11,186
0.23
 
9,990
0.18
 
-10.69
-1,196
-0.15
 
15,041
0.30
 
16,159
0.28
 
7.43
1,118
0.14
 
41,141
0.83
 
43,767
0.77
 
6.38
2,626
0.34
 
5,260
0.11
 
4,146
0.07
 
-21.18
-1,114
-0.14
 
14,288
0.29
 
11,941
0.21
 
-16.43
-2,347
-0.30
 
8,057
0.16
 
6,684
0.12
 
-17.04
-1,373
-0.18
 
11,083
0.22
 
10,986
0.19
 
-0.88
-97
-0.01
 
4,488
0.09
 
3,823
0.07
 
-14.82
-665
-0.09
 
25,459
0.52
 
28,841
0.51
 
13.28
3,382
0.44
 
6,403
0.13
 
5,567
0.10
 
-13.06
-836
-0.11
 
25,465
0.52
 
25,231
0.44
 
-0.92
-234
-0.03
 
34,854
0.71
 
36,735
0.64
 
5.40
1,881
0.24
 
5,167
0.10
 
5,414
0.09
 
4.78
247
0.03
 
10,119
0.21
 
8,988
0.16
 
-11.18
-1,131
-0.15
 
21,786
0.44
 
19,915
0.35
 
-8.59
-1,871
-0.24
 
22,766
0.46
 
23,376
0.41
 
2.68
610
0.08
 
22,422
0.45
 
26,867
0.47
 
19.82
4,445
0.57
 
31,819
0.64
 
33,992
0.60
 
6.83
2,173
0.28
 
38,669
0.78
 
40,158
0.70
 
3.85
1,489
0.19
 
9,153
0.19
 
8,144
0.14
 
-11.02
-1,009
-0.13
 
29,904
0.61
 
34,332
0.60
 
14.81
4,428
0.57
 
20,791
0.42
 
21,991
0.39
 
5.77
1,200
0.16
 
7,431
0.15
 
6,416
0.11
 
-13.66
-1,015
-0.13
 
124,930
2.53
 
163,436
2.86
 
30.82
38,506
4.98
 
57,073
1.16
 
60,046
1.05
 
5.21
2,973
0.38
 
13,545
0.27
 
13,780
0.24
 
1.73
235
0.03
 
26,607
0.54
 
29,302
0.51
 
10.13
2,695
0.35
 
9,858
0.20
 
9,313
0.16
 
-5.53
-545
-0.07
 
31,384
0.64
 
30,757
0.54
 
-2.00
-627
-0.08
 
11,231
0.23
 
11,403
0.20
 
1.53
172
0.02
 
511,520
10.37
 
543,257
9.52
 
6.20
31,737
4.10
 
4,279
0.09
 
3,933
0.07
 
-8.09
-346
-0.04
 
16,767
0.34
 
15,366
0.27
 
-8.36
-1,401
-0.18
 
17,125
0.35
 
14,608
0.26
 
-14.70
-2,517
-0.33
 
56,811
1.15
 
67,262
1.18
 
18.40
10,451
1.35
 
9,703
0.20
 
9,680
0.17
 
-0.24
-23
0.00
 
16,309
0.33
 
15,258
0.27
 
-6.44
-1,051
-0.14
 
200,626
4.07
 
199,182
3.49
 
-0.72
-1,444
-0.19
 
91,031
1.85
 
153,268
2.69
 
68.37
62,237
8.04
 
65,361
1.32
 
99,074
1.74
 
51.58
33,713
4.36
 
15,361
0.31
 
14,917
0.26
 
-2.89
-444
-0.06
 
133,669
2.71
 
158,947
2.78
 
18.91
25,278
3.27
 
33,793
0.68
 
37,349
0.65
 
10.52
3,556
0.46
 
10,021
0.20
 
9,700
0.17
 
-3.20
-321
-0.04
 
11,834
0.24
 
9,749
0.17
 
-17.62
-2,085
-0.27
 
24,407
0.49
 
25,237
0.44
 
3.40
830
0.11
 
4,123
0.08
 
3,286
0.06
 
-20.30
-837
-0.11
 
21,644
0.44
 
21,509
0.38
 
-0.62
-135
-0.02
 
13,745
0.28
 
14,177
0.25
 
3.14
432
0.06
 
19,522
0.40
 
19,000
0.33
 
-2.67
-522
-0.07
 
202,686
4.11
 
272,256
4.77
 
34.32
69,570
8.99
 
11,826
0.24
 
11,135
0.20
 
-5.84
-691
-0.09
 
7,116
0.14
 
6,395
0.11
 
-10.13
-721
-0.09
 
50,081
1.02
 
49,630
0.87
 
-0.90
-451
-0.06
 
90,786
1.84
 
144,845
2.54
 
59.55
54,059
6.99
 
11,208
0.23
 
9,411
0.16
 
-16.03
-1,797
-0.23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4,933,692
100.00
 
5,707,390
100.00
 
15.68
773,698
100.00
 
3,714,100
75.28
 
4,445,736
77.89
 
19.70
731,636
94.56
 
1,219,592
24.72
 
1,261,654
22.11
 
3.45
42,062
5.44
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
282,162,411
 
331,893,745
 
17.63
49,731,334
 
237,948,237
 
286,472,857
 
20.39
48,524,620
 
44,214,174
 
45,420,888
 
2.73
1,206,714
Source: Calculations by the Minnesota Regional Economic Analysis Project (MN-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2022
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